Posts Tagged ‘Business’

  • Chicago, You Scored a TD. Act Like Walter Payton
    Posted by on January 23rd, 2015 at 9:12 am, Comments: 0

    Recently, I have read a couple of articles about the startup scene in Chicago.  In one, Kelly Raymond makes some excellent arguments about why Chicago […]

  • What To Do About Dead Equity On The Cap Table
    Posted by on January 22nd, 2015 at 7:12 am, Comments: 0

    This is a topic that isn’t talked about enough.  There are few blogs on it.  But, it’s important because it happens a lot.  It also […]

  • It’s About Effort, Not Difficulty
    Posted by on January 12th, 2015 at 9:10 am, Comments: 0

    Raising children to understand how effort affects outcome is important.  I think successful entrepreneurs understand the connection.  The more we raise our kids to understand […]

  • When Will US Companies Scream About The Dollar?
    Posted by on January 5th, 2015 at 7:12 am, Comments: 0

    One of the things that businesses watch carefully is the value of the US dollar.  One of the shining parts of the American economy over […]

  • Younger Generation Engaging Less in Entrepreneurial Efforts
    Posted by on January 3rd, 2015 at 8:49 am, Comments: 0

    The trend is clear.  Younger people used to start a lot more entrepreneurial type businesses in years past than they do today.  Only 3.6% of […]

  • Novel First Round Funding Idea as Alternative to Convertible Debt
    Posted by on December 20th, 2014 at 8:44 am, Comments: 0

    Most startups these days use convertible debt for first round funding.  Typically, they do a deal that looks like this: $3-$5M cap on the note […]

  • Discrimination Costs Money
    Posted by on December 16th, 2014 at 8:29 am, Comments: 0

    Over the past year, I have seen more articles on discrimination than I have seen ever before.  Obviously, Ferguson and NYC.  But, I have seen […]

  • Who Is The Keeper of Your Brand?
    Posted by on November 19th, 2014 at 8:53 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday I saw this blog post from Spark Capital. It talks about one of their companies 1st Dibs, but delves into something deeper toward the […]

  • Doubling Down Feels Like More Risk, But It Isn’t
    Posted by on July 12th, 2014 at 10:18 am, Comments: 0

    Have you ever been to Vegas?  When you play blackjack do you double down, or do you save your money for the next hand?  At […]

  • How To Kill Your Company
    Posted by on July 8th, 2014 at 8:25 am, Comments: 0

    2/Founders, sell too much of your own personal stock too quickly, alienating your employees and questioning your long-term commitment. — Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) July 8, […]

  • How Building a Startup and Building A Trading Operation Are Similar
    Posted by on July 5th, 2014 at 6:39 am, Comments: 0

    One of the things that is certain, in trading you cannot beat the market.  In angel investing, or in starting a company you cannot pick […]

  • Where Does The VC Money Go?
    Posted by on June 29th, 2014 at 9:47 am, Comments: 0

    If you want to know where the money goes, look at data. The geography of US VC investment is not spread out. It goes to […]

  • YCharts Makes You Smarter
    Posted by on June 28th, 2014 at 11:22 am, Comments: 0

    YCharts started out in the depths of the financial crisis.  They are based in Chicago, and have offices in New York City as well.  Shawn […]

  • Levering Up The Buggy Whip Factories
    Posted by on June 27th, 2014 at 7:56 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday at the WellTech Conference during TechWeekChicago, we talked a little bit about money.  I alluded to it in my post yesterday. It was a […]

  • Chicago Tech is Up and Coming
    Posted by on June 21st, 2014 at 9:31 am, Comments: 0

    I am not much for awards when it comes to tech. In Chicago, we have a lot of people pulling on the rope.  The ecosystem […]

  • Entrepreneur Barbie
    Posted by on June 19th, 2014 at 9:45 am, Comments: 0

    Today, Entrepreneur Barbie is going to be on the shelves.  I am all for women becoming entrepreneurs.  The focus of this Barbie is to encourage […]

  • Defending the For Profit Exchange
    Posted by on June 18th, 2014 at 10:49 am, Comments: 0

    Amidst all the consternation about high frequency trading, a small segment of the population thinks the real root cause of the problem is for profit […]

  • Should Startups Pay Attention to MacroEconomics?
    Posted by on June 13th, 2014 at 8:10 am, Comments: 0

    MacroEconomics can be boring.  The measurements for them are also pretty messy.  There are lots of worries with running a startup company.  Two of the […]